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Conquering the Castle of the Moors

September 10, 2016

Location: Sintra, Portugal

Outfit Details: Banana Republic (no longer available)

 

 

Our first day trip from Lisbon, Portugal was a short 30 min train ride up north to the magical, fairytale beauty of Sintra. Once we arrived into the train station, it was just a short walk to the center of town. We wanted to explore this quaint town more but we were on a mission....to conquer the Castle of the Moors and visit Pena Palaca (featured in my next blog post). The Castle of the Moors is a hilltop medieval castle Built by the Moors in the 8th and 9th centuries, it was an important strategic point during the Reconquista, and was taken by Christian forces after the fall of Lisbon in 1147. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And one NOT TO BE MISSED. 

 

 Sintra is a very romantic city filled with quaint B&Bs, cafes and beautiful flowers everywhere you look. 

  

We initially planned to walk all they way up to the starting point. But it looked pretty daunting (as you can see from this picture taken at the bottom of Sintra village) and there was still much hiking to do ahead of us. 

 

Thankfully we came across a TukTuk and were whisked away up the winding roads to Castle of the Moors. Totally worth it!

 

Entrance to the Castle of the Moors. This is the Pena Palace Gardens. So badly wanted to explore but with a day trip you can only fit so much in. Plus we had to head back to Lisbon for our upcoming 3 day music fest, NOS Alive (more to come on this!)

 

Wild hydrangeas everywhere! Lush green and floral beauty awaits you in Sintra. 

The path up to the actual castle is about a 30 min hike. It's just a lovely trail of flowers, forests and hidden walls along with interesting artifacts along the way. The entire time I felt like we had been transported back into time - into a mythical, romantic location you only dream about. 

 

Really cool tombstone, must have been someone pretty important!

The grounds where the Moors once lived. You will find remians of pottery, homes built into the grounds and graves. A very interesting archaeological site. 

 

 

 The views from the top of the castle are breathtaking - literally and metaphorically :) 

 

Sintra sits close to the sea and is located in the mountains. So it's not unusal to get a little sea fog rolling in. It was quite welcome as we had worked up quite a sweat hiking up the hills and steps. 

Pena Palace in the background. Our next hike on the list. 

 

Look at all these steps! Best workout of my life!

 

Success! We conquered the Castle of the Moors! We made it to the top - on both sides. Gorgeous weather and exhilirating hike. Follow along to our next journey in Sintra, a hike and visit to the romantic castle of Sintra Palace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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